I really, genuinely feel awful for all of the old Doctors now.
And the way Moffat explained it was soooo condescending:
“They’re all brilliant, they’re all terrific, but time has passed. I think it would be beyond the dignity of all those very fine actors to want to force themselves back into a costume from 20 or 30 years ago.” (SFX Magazine)
I saw Peter Davison speak yesterday at Hal Con, and his take on the issue was much the same. He said that he feels the 50th is celebrating the 50th Anniversary itself rather than 50 years of the program. He said that Moffat had basically penned something that celebrates his own work rather than something than something that celebrates the show as a whole. Peter Davison said that he felt let down to be part of a group excluded from the anniversary despite his role in its history, which is really very sad.
He said that Moffat had basically penned something that celebrates his own work rather than something than something that celebrates the show as a whole.
I know I’ve reblogged this before, but the added Davidson quote just makes me terribly sad. I got into who properly in the Eccleston years, but I’ve always been aware of it. It’s a huge part of the TV culture of the UK and the wider sci fi community. People who have no interest in the show now remember hiding behind the sofa when they saw the Daleks. And some people have been watching the show since the beginning and still love it now. The fiftieth should not be about one man and his ego. It should be about the fans, all the doctors, all the companions and all the stories that have been loved and lived. And we’re not going to get that.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - of all the awful things Moffat has done, this is the worst by far.
Whole generations of nerd kids in the US were raised on Doctor Who on PBS too. Four is the most beloved, I think, but Five is close. (And I met Peter Davison at a con last year and he was such a sweet, lovely man)
How often does ANY TV show endure long enough to do a 50th anniversary special? It absolutely should include all the living past Doctors and anyone else who wants to show up. It could and should be a multigenerational experience. There are people who loved the show as kids whose grandchildren are fans now.
I’ve always seen Moffat as this person who knows a lot about Doctor Who but who doesn’t love Doctor Who. He loves what he can do with it. He has his own idea about what the show should be and he’s going to shove it down our throats if he has to, and if 50 years of history go to hell during that, well. And he has a limited number of ideas and characters that he keeps on using, just casting different people to play them. I’m not saying good things did not happen during Moffat’s time, but this is not the show that I loved so much. I’m barely even excited for 50th anniversary special because I’m afraid he’ll ruin Ten and Rose for me by writing them OOC as usual.